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by / on August 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM / in Obon, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Hanase no Matsuage, A Fire Festival in Kyoto.

Obon in Kyoto: August, in Kyoto and Japan, is one of the hottest months of the year. Towards the middle of the month the Obon festival (お盆) is held and many people have some days off. In Kyoto the famous Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火) is the highlight of this festival when the five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding […]

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by / on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines, Uncategorized

Buddhist Artefacts at the Senbon Shaka-dō in Kyoto.

Senbon Shaka-dō Temple: A few days ago, I visited the Senbon Shaka-dō Temple (千本釈迦堂) or Daihōon-ji Temple (大報恩寺) in Kamigyo-ku ward of Kyoto. The Senbon Shaka-dō Temple was founded in 1227 and the main hall is the oldest structure in Kyoto. Reihōkan Treasure House: The Reihōkan, of Senbon Shaka-dō, is one of Kyoto’s finest treasure halls. Inside the Reihōkan treasure house […]

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by / on May 28, 2012 at 6:56 AM / in Higashiyama, Local Gems, Uncategorized

Hiden-in Temple: Imperial Temple for Prayer!

Hiden-in Temple: Imperial Temple for Prayer!, a set on Flickr. One of the sub-temples of Sennyuji Tmeple, “Hiden-in” was originally a welfare facility for the needy, elderly and orphaned children, and was built in the capital city like Nara before Kyoto became the capital in 794. During the Heian period (794-1192) two Hiden-in existed, one in the East, and the […]

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by / on March 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today, Uncategorized

Famous Birthdays Today: 1222 -Nichiren, Japan, Buddhist priest and saint.

Nichiren Shonin (日蓮) (February 16, 1222 – October 13, 1282) was a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching. Nichiren Buddhism includes various schools with diverging interpretations of […]

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